Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! How was your week? I’ll admit, it did sting a bit to work five straight days for the first time in awhile…but we all survived and the weekend is finally upon us. Any fun plans? Or un-fun plans, for that matter? I’m going see Leo’s latest (The Revenant), hit up a new brunch place per my resolution, and attempt to organize my life for 2016. Wish me luck on that last one…now let’s kick things off with my fave links from the week!

Friday Favorites // January 8, 2016

1. This collection of inspiring quotes will help get your year off to a lovely start. I love #2 and #8. (The Neo-Traditionalist)

2. If you’re like Jules and me, you’ve given some serious thought to how you’d decorate your dream library. Fetch the brooding statues and antique globes! (The Toast)

3. Speaking of books, our girl Emma Watson is starting a feminist book club. When can we join? (Levo)

4. Awkward small talk is the worst. Learn how to hijack boring chitchat and turn it into a fascinating convo, no matter who you’re talking to. (Bustle)

5. If coffee is the nectar of life, then this homemade coconut latte is the nectar of the life I wish I had – one where I live in the tropics. (How Sweet It Is)

Have a wonderful weekend!

♥ Mil

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Giving Up Sugar – An Update

The other day we went out to brunch with Asa, from Lace and Pearls, and she asked how I was doing with my “no sugar thing.” So, I thought I’d share a brief update.

About three months ago I made the commitment to seriously lower my intake of sugar and simple carbohydrates. I knew that making this change before the holidays would be hard, but I was optimistic. I’m generally a strong and determined woman. Well here’s how I spent my Christmas vacation:

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After Christmas, I did a pretty good job of getting back on track. On our road-trip across the country, I stocked the car with plenty of healthy snacks and made sure we ate at restaurants with good options. Hello hummus and carrots!

Unfortunately, when we got to Seattle, I had yet another “set-back.” We spent a couple weeks with my friend’s mom, who I love like family, but who also happens to love chocolate just as much as I do. It was like putting an alcoholic in a bar serving free booze. Seriously, it was that bad.

We have now been in our new home for about a month and I’m feeling good about having more control over the choices I’m making. I’ve been planning our meals around fresh veggies and proteins, and have been making lots of homemade snacks. Larabars are so easy to make (fake) at home! While I’m still having bites of coconut ice cream here and there, overall my sugar intake is much lower.

My biggest struggle is not throwing-in the towel after I’ve consumed several bags of peanut M&M’s for dinner, as that’s my gut reaction. Once I’ve started to slip, I often feel like it’s the point of no return, and I might as well go nuts. I’m working on it, and I’m slowly getting better. I am also getting better at forgiving myself when I make mistakes. Although I’m not sure if eating half a cake constitutes a mistake… Anyway, it’s the small victories!

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Motivational Quote: Small Actions are Steps in the Right Direction

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Here’s to constantly improving! Have you been sticking to your resolutions this year?

XOXO,
Jules

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